Upcoming Zesty Zapus, Bodhi 4 Beta 3

by Ostatic Staff - Oct. 18, 2016

Mark Shuttleworth blogged today, in what has become a tradition over the years, to announced the codename for the next Ubuntu version. The Everyday Linux User reviewed Xubuntu 16.10 and DarkDuck posted some screenshots of Ubuntu MATE. Elsewhere, Jeff Hoogland put out an unannounced beta today in efforts address more installation issues and OMG!Ubuntu! reported on "The Other Linux Logo."

Mark Shuttleworth today blogged of the "metaphorical" naming of the release has reached the end of the alphabet with 17.04's Zesty Zapus. Apparently, a zapus is "a genus of North American jumping mice," thanks to Wikipedia, and is the only living mammal to have 18 teeth. The genus includes three distinct subspecies and has inhabited Earth since the Pliocene. They have long tails, long back feet, yellowish-brown backs and white bellies. Zesty means "having an agreeably pungent taste," according to the collective dictionary databases of KDict. Shuttleworth found comparisons between this cute little rodent and his organization saying:

We are a tiny band in a market of giants, but our focus on delivering free software freely together with enterprise support, services and solutions appears to be opening doors, and minds, everywhere. So, in honour of the valiantly tiny leaping long-tailed over the obstacles of life, our next release which will be Ubuntu 17.04, is hereby code named the 'Zesty Zapus'.

In other Ubuntu news, Gary Newell said Xubuntu 16.10 with its Xfce desktop is, "solid, steady and it doesn't need to change." He said, "I would totally recommend Xubuntu." In related news, blogger DarkDuck posted a screenshot tour of new Ubuntu MATE 16.10.

Jeff Hoogland is still working through installation issues with the 64-bit version of his Bodhi 4.0 beta. He'd issued a Beta 2 last Thursday, but at least one user still had issues. It seems the bug was found to be happening on laptops and the addition of the upower package is hoped to have fixed it. The bug didn't seem to appear on desktops. New downloads dubbed Beta 3 are available for those still having issues with Beta 2. The addition of upower is the only change since Beta 2.

OMG!Ubuntu! caught wind of a new project updating the Linux mascot, Tux. Calling themselves "The Other Linux Logo," the project says their logo "is more icon-friendly and adapted to small sizes. Also, we want people to have the choice." The updated logo consists of simpler lines and abstract depiction.